Dr Aceng who was selected unopposed during the NRM primary election will now be facing Hon. Joy Atim Ongom, the incumbent Lira District Woman MP who was nominated yesterday, and Anna Okullo under Alliance for National Transformation party.
This was after the party authorities failing to break the stalemate on the official flagbearer pitting President Museveni's Godfrey Aine Kaguta and Foreign Minister Kutesa's daughter Shartsi Nayebare Musherure Kuteesa
He was endorsed by the party after Residual elections held on Thursday. According to results released by the NRM Electoral Commission Chairman Dr Tanga Odoi, Ambassador Kajwengye polled 25,310 votes to defeat his closest rival Col. Fred Mwesigye who had 25,290 votes.
Immediately after he was declared MP in 2016, his opponent, the Democratic Party’s Steven Ssekigozi went to court contending that Ssematimba’s academic qualifications from America weren’t equivalent to the A-level required for contesting as a Member of Parliament.
Also in the same boat is Micheal Mabikke Sseninde, the President of the Social Democratic Party who was however nominated as an independent candidate to contest for the Makindye East Parliamentary Seat, a constituency he has represented before.
Matovu, who narrowly lost to Medard Lubega Sseggona in the 2016 elections, had come for nomination with a number of people and cars contrary to the guidelines issued by the Electoral Commission. The guidelines restricted aspirants to only two vehicles, with three people each.
Four of the seven candidates who want to replace Sseggona say that although it is so important to focus on national issues in parliament, an MP should also pay attention to the local problems of the people he represents.
According to him, he has just given a break to the presidential contest, to rally behind other opposition change seeking forces to depose President Museveni from the top office which he will also seek in the future.
They include Agnes Nakamya, whose arm was fractured by a teargas canister fired inside Great Valley Children’s primary school, where the crowd had pitched camp after Lusagala's nomination at 2 pm. The others are Baker Kakembo, Allen Nanziri, Justine Nalule and an unidentified minor.
Despite her being nominated with a Radio as her campaign symbol, Kabatsi is still haggling for the support of the NRM members in the area, pleading to them to swap her for the official flag bearer for the seat.
The Electoral Commission had earlier on guided that no events or processions would be held by candidates before and after nomination to avoid attracting crowds at a time when the country is battling a surge in cases of coronavirus disease, which spreads mainly through person-to-person contact.